Saturday, July 3, 2010

Bichon Frise Has Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) and Crystals

Q: My 5 year old bichon frise has been getting chronic urinary tract infections and the vet told me now she has struvite crystals. He put her on a special prescription diet called C/D. My dog is gaining weight and is now itching really bad too. My vet said bichons are prone to getting bladder crystals and stones but I was wondering if there anything else I could do?

A: Yes, there is a lot you can do to help your bichon frise. Even if a breed is prone to getting certain problems, using holistic care you can help to prevent what might seem like the "inevitable". First and foremost, you need to get your dog on a healthy ph-balanced diet. When it comes to finding the right diet for your pet, one size does NOT fit all. Some guidelines though: avoid grains such as wheat, corn and oats and try to use novel protein foods such as venison or rabbit. A dietary consultation with a veterinary professional such as the telephone appointments offered through is highly recommended especially when crystals are involved. This is because if you are not careful, what can happen is that a pet may have one type of urinary crystals---e.g. struvite and then by using either a prescription diet that is so acidic or the wrong diet, you can end up having your pet develop a different type of crystal, e.g. oxalate.

There are some supplements that would really help your bichon's tendency to get urinary tract infections. For starters, use Renelix Renelix helps clear toxins, accumulated gravel, protein and other sediments from the kidneys and urinary tract. We have consistently used this product with pets that have crystals in the urine and then retest them later and have had consistently positive results. Moreover, using a Probiotic and the Pet UTI Prevention Package is highly recommended.